Exploring the darker sides of literature through The Girls

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Exploring the darker sides of literature through The Girls

Immerse yourself in Emma Cline's enthralling book The Girls. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

Immerse yourself in Emma Cline's enthralling book The Girls. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

Immerse yourself in Emma Cline's enthralling book The Girls. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

Immerse yourself in Emma Cline's enthralling book The Girls. Photo Credit: Fiona McAleer

Fiona McAleer, Staff Writer

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As I was browsing through my local bookstore, one book in particular immediately caught my eye. Picking up the book, I hesitantly examined its cover, as I was scared that the it would be just your average young-adult book full of meaningless love and drama; however, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Girls by Emma Cline follows the life of a teenage girl named Evie Boyd. After routinely being innocent, incredibly fatigued, and upset with the way that her life is playing out, Evie’s life changes when she is drawn into a dangerous cult with a ruthless leader.

As soon as I started reading the book, I recognized a similarity in the author’s writing and the ideology of the Charles Manson Cult, in that the book’s entirety is filled with grim themes. I did enjoy the book, but there are some aspects of it that are incredibly gruesome, excessively descriptive, and graphic. However, due to its uncomfortable, yet enamoring, elements, it separates itself from other novels in its genre. If you are looking for a piece of literature that is different, in that it doesn’t sugar coat the darker appearances that are present in the world, then I highly suggest that you immerse yourself into the world of this novel.